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  • Comparison of Community Edition vs other editions

    Hi Alpha community,


    I am planning to learn Alpha Anywhere.

    I admit I am really impressed with this software.

    But price is out of my reach that's why I will just consider the community edition.

    Can anyone help me find a link or a resource of the feature comparison/limitation of the Community edition vs the paid editions?

    Thank you much!

  • #2
    Hi rmlfst!

    First off, we are on first name terms on here :-)

    The CE has all the features of the regular paid version, if you can build it in the regular edition you can build it in the CE. I am talking specifically about web based apps not desktop. The differences kick in when you want to publish an app. You can publish locally to test but any more and you either have to:

    1. Pay for access to Alpha Cloud publishing environment. That currently starts at $99pm.
    2. Upgrade and purchase an appserver licence to publish to a server that you have access to.


    #1 gives a cost effective upgrade path
    #2 will cost more upfront.

    Resources to learn as well as this forum include:

    1. Check out the Alpha Q&A Webinar each Wednesday at 1AM EST
    2. Check out the IADN Weekly webinar each Friday at NOON EST

    Hope this helps you rmlfst.

    Glen
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    • #3
      Originally posted by glenschild View Post
      Hi rmlfst!

      First off, we are on first name terms on here :-)

      The CE has all the features of the regular paid version, if you can build it in the regular edition you can build it in the CE. I am talking specifically about web based apps not desktop. The differences kick in when you want to publish an app. You can publish locally to test but any more and you either have to:

      1. Pay for access to Alpha Cloud publishing environment. That currently starts at $99pm.
      2. Upgrade and purchase an appserver licence to publish to a server that you have access to.


      #1 gives a cost effective upgrade path
      #2 will cost more upfront.

      Resources to learn as well as this forum include:

      1. Check out the Alpha Q&A Webinar each Wednesday at 1AM EST
      2. Check out the IADN Weekly webinar each Friday at NOON EST

      Hope this helps you rmlfst.

      Glen
      Hi Glen -

      What is the cost breakdown for published web applications to Alpha Cloud - specifically, for multi-user access?

      i.e. If 10 users access the Alpha web-based application simultaneously?
      i.e. If 100 users access the Alpha web-based application simultaneously?

      Thankyou.

      - Kevin

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      • #4
        Originally posted by kvnlwlls View Post

        Hi Glen -

        What is the cost breakdown for published web applications to Alpha Cloud - specifically, for multi-user access?

        i.e. If 10 users access the Alpha web-based application simultaneously?
        i.e. If 100 users access the Alpha web-based application simultaneously?

        Thankyou.

        - Kevin
        Hi Kevin
        ,
        There is no explicit per user cost so you can have any number of users. Instead the cost is calculated on the compute units used each month. The $99 monthly cost gives you 100 compute units. Now the tough thing here is figuring out the compute units as it is really based on so many factors, complexity of the application, back end processing and so much more. My experience so far is that a fairly simple app will not use a huge amount of units but it really seems to be a case of trial and error.

        Kind regards

        Glen
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        • #5
          Originally posted by glenschild View Post

          Hi Kevin
          ,
          There is no explicit per user cost so you can have any number of users. Instead the cost is calculated on the compute units used each month. The $99 monthly cost gives you 100 compute units. Now the tough thing here is figuring out the compute units as it is really based on so many factors, complexity of the application, back end processing and so much more. My experience so far is that a fairly simple app will not use a huge amount of units but it really seems to be a case of trial and error.

          Kind regards

          Glen
          Thankyou Glen -

          Sounds like - among other things - this ties somewhat into Azure's DTU (DatabaseTransaction Units):
          https://dtucalculator.azurewebsites.net/

          - Kevin

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          • #6
            How is the "legacy" control panel made visible in AlphaAnywere Community Edition?
            Issue-4.png

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            • #7
              Originally posted by kvnlwlls View Post

              Thankyou Glen -

              Sounds like - among other things - this ties somewhat into Azure's DTU (DatabaseTransaction Units):
              https://dtucalculator.azurewebsites.net/

              - Kevin
              It is on the AWS platform so similar,
              Glen Schild



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              • #8
                Originally posted by kvnlwlls View Post
                How is the "legacy" control panel made visible in AlphaAnywere Community Edition?
                Issue-4.png
                Not sure it is, as this was the original "pre web" control panel and desktop dev not possible in the community edition. Having said that not sure if there might be an option to switch on via view->settings.
                Glen Schild



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                • #9
                  Originally posted by glenschild View Post

                  Not sure it is, as this was the original "pre web" control panel and desktop dev not possible in the community edition. Having said that not sure if there might be an option to switch on via view->settings.
                  The reason I ask about this is that, within the free "Giant Killer Training" video sessions, a reference is made to the "legacy" panel when developing an exercise to consume JSON from a RESTful service call.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by kvnlwlls View Post

                    The reason I ask about this is that, within the free "Giant Killer Training" video sessions, a reference is made to the "legacy" panel when developing an exercise to consume JSON from a RESTful service call.
                    Let me check
                    Glen Schild



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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by glenschild View Post
                      Hi rmlfst!

                      First off, we are on first name terms on here :-)

                      The CE has all the features of the regular paid version, if you can build it in the regular edition you can build it in the CE. I am talking specifically about web based apps not desktop. The differences kick in when you want to publish an app. You can publish locally to test but any more and you either have to:

                      1. Pay for access to Alpha Cloud publishing environment. That currently starts at $99pm.
                      2. Upgrade and purchase an appserver licence to publish to a server that you have access to.


                      #1 gives a cost effective upgrade path
                      #2 will cost more upfront.

                      Resources to learn as well as this forum include:

                      1. Check out the Alpha Q&A Webinar each Wednesday at 1AM EST
                      2. Check out the IADN Weekly webinar each Friday at NOON EST

                      Hope this helps you rmlfst.

                      Glen


                      Hi Glen,

                      Thank you for answering my question and providing the information for the publishing options.

                      I installed the CE and it will require the Alpha Cloud to publish.



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                      • #12
                        Just as a side note the 99/mo thing is totally worth it in developing (to me) in that you can publish and test it live and know that your moving in the right direction - or not. I would recommend it whole heartedly. I knew nothing - now I have a SASS application. For me AA was and IS a good decision! I look forward to many more years developing with it! Good luck~
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by kvnlwlls View Post
                          How is the "legacy" control panel made visible in AlphaAnywere Community Edition?
                          Issue-4.png
                          The legacy control panel is not available in Community Edition.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Sarah Mitchell View Post

                            The legacy control panel is not available in Community Edition.
                            Hi Sarah. What is the work around - in respect to the "Giant Killer Training" videos - when (or if) a reference is made to the legacy control panel?
                            Thankyou - Kevin

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by kvnlwlls View Post

                              Hi Sarah. What is the work around - in respect to the "Giant Killer Training" videos - when (or if) a reference is made to the legacy control panel?
                              Thankyou - Kevin
                              What section in the training required the legacy control panel?
                              I went thru the training using the CE edition and completed it without needing to use it.
                              https://appsbydesign.co.uk/

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